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A good step in the right direction:

The United States Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a historic, bipartisan resolution Monday calling on the Obama administration to stop interfering with state and local efforts to deal with the problems caused by marijuana prohibition.

“This resolution will amplify the voices of local officials and voters who are sick and tired of President Obama’s administration doing the exact opposite of what candidate Obama said he was going to do, which was respect state marijuana laws,” Tom Angell, spokesperson for drug reform advocacy group Marijuana Majority, told Raw Story in an email.

Marijuana is not really important to some people but it sure as hell is important to the US Federal Government. They do NOT want to let it go despite the majority of Americans that are asking or demanding progress on this stupidest of issues.

The resolution adds that the mayors wish marijuana were reclassified under the schedule of controlled substances, which would allow more medical research into drugs based on marijuana and permit more finely tailored laws regulating production and sales. It also calls for the Controlled Substances Act to be amended so as to allow “states and localities” the autonomy to “set their own marijuana policies without federal interference.”
They end by stating that many people have different ideas on this intergation into society - as that what proper regulation will accomplish - and feel that states and other localities should be able to set up their own guidelines, a popular idea that harkens back to the time when America was a democracy.

Short and sweet, a lot of things are going on right now that overshadow this quite easily,  but this is still another good milestone in tearing down the unbelievable stupidity of marijuana prohibition and crafting progressive regulations in its place, and getting on to far more important things.

Not to worry, those of you who prefer an authoritarian presence in everything: marijuana regulation will keep the police involved, properly, as we have them enforcing tobacco and alcohol laws. But the rest of us will be freer than we are today.

And no, I don't think Obama is going to budge: toeing the line on 'mara-ju-wanna" is part of the president's job.

You no hold breath.

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  •  It saves lives. (7+ / 0-)

    Thats the rationalization for the NSA surveillance programs. Regardless of potential harm if proper safeguards are enacted, then marijuana is clearly ok too right?

    •  We have tried and true effective policies in place (11+ / 0-)

      to structure the integration of this Unholy Menace into our Oh-So-Polite society.

      Since America has been able to handle the safer and carefree drugs of alcohol and tobacco, those guidelines should help protect Americans against the harshness of a drug that doesn't kill anybody ever,

      I am confident we can do it.  

      We are AMERICA!

      •  If pot was legal (8+ / 0-)

        a lot more people would be less afraid of the NSA tapping their phones and reading their text messages and potentially turning them over to other agencies...

        •  Over 70 million Americans have tried pot (10+ / 0-)

          effectively making us criminals, thereby undermining the "social contract" which is the theoretical foundation of the legitimacy of our government. We all voluntarily choose to give up some of our individual liberties to the government as our collective agent to enhance our common good and consequent personal interest as well.  

          But, if we have such a broad list of non-violent "moral" crimes that a majority of citizens must fear selective enforcement in a surveillance police state that legitimacy is lost.  

          Was it Winston Churchill who cracked that the only thing that saves us from our vast  government bureaucracy is its inefficiency.

          As our computerized surveillance and enforcement powers escalate beyond our comprehension, we must reduce the number of arbitrary non-violent  "moral crimes" such as marijuana, freedom of speech, political activism, and those that chose to be sex workers. Otherwise we will loose our individual liberty.  

          The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

          by HoundDog on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 06:40:35 PM PDT

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          •  Plus any sane citizen aware of top decisions made (2+ / 0-)
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            By Obama's Go To Legal Guy, Eric Holder, knows how various Big  Banks, including HSBC, have laundered the drug monies of violent drug cartel people. However, Holder hides behind his newly created doctrine of "Too Big To Fail means Too Big To Jail" when it comes to banking executives and the tens of billions of dollars those laundering operations made.

            But there is definitely a double standard when it comes to the average person, living in a state where  voter approved medical marijuana clinics try to exist, and that individual is trying  to keep the medical marijuana clinics open. Down in Southern Calif., over the last fourteen days, over 600 letters have been sent out to landlords of the buildings where themed marijuana clinics are operating -with dire warnings as to seizure of those properties should the clinics remain there.

            Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

            by Truedelphi on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 09:35:36 PM PDT

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      •  Up here in WA state (6+ / 0-)

        we have such potent marijuana that I believe it needs to carry an age related warning label. As my friends and I get older we can't handle the dosage that we used to.

        •  I got some awesome OG Kush a couple months ago (9+ / 0-)

          Most potent weed I ever smoked. And som CinX that was awesome as well.

          I just smoke a little less and it lasts a little longer.

          Recently we have had some fair domestic with some great hashish and some hash oil.

          Good times.

          Too bad I'm laid off and have to clean out so my urine is acceptable to me next set of overlords.

        •  And weed should be available only to adults (4+ / 0-)

          who  REALLY thinks that teens should actually be smoking it?

          •  But, what is an adult? (0+ / 0-)

            A twelve year old being tried for murder?  

            And eighteen year old enticed into enlisting in the military?

            A nineteen year old trying to buy herself a beer?

            What is an adult?

            •  Neurologically-speaking, 18-21 or so..... (1+ / 0-)
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              It would be neat and useful if we would focus more on the health of chiuldrten growing up.

              Their neurology is still developing and unhealthy crap SHOULD be kept out of their systems as much as possible. Fast food, junk food, tobacco, alcohol and even the lowly weed can be forgone until the child's body has had sufficient time to mature.

              Most substance abuse research backs this up but uses it as moralizing rather than for constructing effective health policy.

              it's a totally physiological concern, not some ideological thing.

              Do we really think that because a 12 year old is tried as an adult this has anything to do with their physiology?

              Water seeps into a grit at the same speed all over the world. That's physics.

              Trying a 12 year old as an adult for a crime is political.

              •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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                Physiologically, I am aware of, and in agreement, with what you are saying.  

                However, I do feel that our society takes advantage of young persons, by defining them as adults when we want to dump responsibility on them or take advantage of them, and defining them as kids when we want to take away their rights.  

                I have come to feel that eighteen year olds aren't really fully equipped to go out and make their way in the world (partly because the world won't let them) and 21 might actually be a more appropriate age to end the responsibilities of adults towards a young person, but if so, I think we should do away with military enlistment at age 18, and trying people under 21 as an adult.

                I think it is morally and ethically wrong to re-define the  status of kids on the fly, whenever adults want to take advantage of them, by switching them back and forth between the categories of "minor" and "adult" at our convenience (and definitely not theirs).

                If they are truly adult at age eighteen, then it should be their choice whether to consume any substances that other adults are consuming.   If we feel it should not be their choice, then they should not be classified as "adults".  

                I am disgusted by this double standard.    I feel that young adults are having their Constitutional rights violated, that they are discriminated against in many, many ways based on their age, and it needs to stop.  And, it is only possible because they are not a strong enough voting block to stand up for their rights.

                •  It is, but that is political stuff (1+ / 0-)
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                  that has nothing to do with neurological development.

                  The law is stupid and is at the mercy of dimwits with power.

                  we have little control over political dimwits.

                  I am solely focused on health here. it's more or less cut-and dried.

                  18 is a fine arbitrary age and I think making people wait until they are 21 is ridiculous.

                  I cant talk about 12 year-olds being charged with crimes as an adult because - despite what dimwit politicians say, pot smoking isn't a crime.

                  •  I'm OK with age of purchase restrictions but.. (0+ / 0-)

                    ...underage possession (or "druggie" music,hair, etc.) shouldn't lead to forced "treatment" all by itself. Down that road lies madness like the old Straight Inc.

                    “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Lyndon Baines Johnson

                    by spacecadet1 on Tue Jun 25, 2013 at 12:28:43 PM PDT

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        •  I look forward to more Sativa based hybreds that (9+ / 0-)

          do not cause as much memory loss and sedation as many of the recent strains I've encountered, with names like Winnipeg Wheelchair.

          I'm getting to the age that total immersion experiences of the symptoms of advanced dementia are not as amusing as they once were.

          Lighter, stimulating, imagination enhancing straions are more fun, IMO.  After legalization we will see astonishing varieties of product differentiation.

          But getting past our current group of regressive politicians will be a greater challenge that many realize.    

          The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

          by HoundDog on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 06:47:13 PM PDT

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          •  Have you seen this? (5+ / 0-)


            OG Kush

            I like the lighter buzz for being busy, yardwork and such, but come evening and I want to watch a movie, I NEED couchlock.

          •  I used to get egg cartons of these Oxacan tops (0+ / 0-)

            (averaging at least 12" long), and not only could I barely get through a whole number, afterwards the only thing that I even wanted to do was march up the mountains back behind my place is Salt lake. The energy was simply amazing. Give me two joints and I could chase Chuckars up and down mountains all day long.

            And with the Vietnamese my brother sent, we would climb a tree, take a few hits, and not be able to find our way back down until the campfire was down to the last coals.

            I truly doubt that we know how far we can go with this "drug".

            There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

            by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 09:35:26 PM PDT

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  •  Great news (6+ / 0-)

    Hopefully the MSM will give this  play.  

    Do you know how many mayors the The United States Conference of Mayors represents?

  •  In general (5+ / 0-)

    I would like the conference of mayors to run the United States of America.

    If I can't have a monarchy.

    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 06:27:51 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for sharing this encouraging news xxdr. (8+ / 0-)

    It's high time we repeal our regressive laws with regard to marijuana prohibition.  To discover that the Obama administration has chosen to be more regressive than even the Bush administration is a deep disappointment after working so hard to get him reelected twice.

    Attorney General Eric Holder's instructions for the DOJ and DEA bust medicinal marijuana licensed in state turns a new generation of "should-be" Democrats into Libertarians and makes us traditional Democrats look as stupid as we view the GOP.  

    President Obama seems hellbent on seeing his reputation go up in smoke.

    Those that see this as a trivial tangential issue may be missing the extent to which issues such as this provide a barometer for the integrity of a Party and its leadership.

    While many average citizens will hesitate to draw strong conclusions on those issues with complex ethical ambiguities and trade-offs, we will not hesitate to draw the harshest judgement against those politicians and political parties who stubbornly and unwisely cling to using law enforcement and military interventions for what should be dealt with as mental and public health issues in defiance of the wishes of the people and trends of our modern world.

    How sad it is that our own political leaders are not just not moving fast enough to keep up with modern views, but are even working hard to move in the wrong direction.

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 06:30:52 PM PDT

  •  A certain (miniscule) amount of respect, (2+ / 0-)
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    is due a politician who stays bought.

    elect Elizabeth Warren to the presidency, 2016

    by Wood Gas on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 06:36:48 PM PDT

  •  Every politician who speaks up helps. (4+ / 0-)

    In time more are going to realize that the public has turned, and that their continuing support for prohibition is going to cost them.

    "The human eye is a wonderful device. With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice." Richard K. Morgan

    by sceptical observer on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 06:42:54 PM PDT

  •  Why not actually legalize drugs at the federal (2+ / 0-)
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    level instead of asking whoever happens to be President to not enforced the law?  Because even if President Obama said, "OK, we won't enforce federal marijuana law", that doesn't mean the next president would do the same.

    I favor legalizing all drugs, not just marijuana.  If people want to screw up their lives by abusing drugs (as opposed to responsible recreational use), then that's on them.

    The snotty tone of Tom Angell pretty much ensures that the request will be rejected.  Marijuana advocates are sometimes their own worst enemies.  As I've said, I've favored legalizing drugs for many years, but there are occasions when I feel the opposite way, just for a moment, and it's guys like Tom Angell that bring on those moments.

  •  Progress man. I can smell it, only a few more (6+ / 0-)

    decades ought to do it.  Weed and war should be the symbols for propaganda because the propaganda for those issues has far outshone any others.
    Maybe Obama will give the weed a pardon on his way out.  And maybe pigs will fly drones.  Oh wait, they do.

    "America is the Terror State. The Global War OF Terror is a diabolical instrument of Worldwide conquest."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 06:45:16 PM PDT

    •  I was gonna say that war and the war on weed (3+ / 0-)
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      are 2 of our biggest wastes of money as a nation.

      •  If not THE two biggest. Nothing beats (3+ / 0-)

        war of course.  The war on weed, what is it something like 700K arrests per year and the prison population is overwhelming represented by drug crimes.  The police state wouldn't be what it is without the war on drugs.  I can't think of any bigger.  Although it's certainly not a waste of money to those who profit and maintain power from it.  

        "America is the Terror State. The Global War OF Terror is a diabolical instrument of Worldwide conquest."

        by BigAlinWashSt on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 07:07:00 PM PDT

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        •  Fear™ pays better. (2+ / 0-)
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          it's that simple.
          Even this effort is crap because leaving prohibition in limbo means that the cartel gangs can keep taking over vaster areas in norcal and elsewhere as well as bring in huge boatloads to the western coastlines and continue to get rich, while families continue to be broken by the spotty and cruel enforcement, the cruel racist enforcement..the racism is the most consistent element of MJ enforcement above all others.

          Keeping it illegal but leaving the prohibition enforceable adds to the frontier lawless culture, adds to the environmental damage this is causing watersheds, and adds to the misery of those unlucky enough to be swept up in it.

          The sooner this gets legalized the sooner we can start to have a society of better laws, and better supported and effective law enforcement.

          This machine kills Fascists.

          by KenBee on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 08:13:28 PM PDT

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  •  Shame (3+ / 0-)
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    The President, be it Obama or Joe/Jane Anybody, stepping up and at least admitting that there's a real problem with The Drug War and taking steps to curtail those issues could perhaps go a long way into fixing what is clearly a broken system.

    Frame it in the way right-wingers love to frame everything; Freedom, smaller government, liberty, personal responsibility.

    It's not like it'd be a lie.

  •  The Obama Administration has already established.. (5+ / 0-)

    ....that politics, not science, is the primary determinant of its drug policies.

    There is no scientific reason for Marijuana to be on the DEA Schedule I:

     The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a division of the National Institutes of Health, which is itself one of the 11 component agencies that make up the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Last week, the NCI quietly added to its treatment database a summary of marijuana’s medicinal benefits, including an acknowledgment that oncologists may recommend it to patients for medicinal use.

        The summary cites clinical trials demonstrating the benefit of medical marijuana. Part of it reads:

            The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal Cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.

    The Obama Administration had all the power it needed to move Marijuana off of the DEA Schedule I and it didn't need any approval from Congress.

    But alas, in the Obama Administration, politics still trumps both science and sound social policy:

    In a letter from [Obama Administration] DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart M. Leonhart, the agency said that based on the recommendation of the [Obama Administration] Department of Health and Human Services they were denying the request [to take marijuana off of the DEA Schedule 1] because marijuana .... has no accepted medical use in the United States, and lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision.”

    In the Fox News Christian Nation, public schools won't teach sex education and evolution; instead they'll have an NRA sponsored Shots for Tots: Gunz in Schoolz program.

    by xynz on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 07:25:56 PM PDT

  •  go for the crumbs (2+ / 0-)
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    He's not going to do anything about the banks.  He's not going to do anything about the wars.  He's not going to do anything about the domestic surveillance.  He's not going to do more than lip service about "climate change" (we'll get pretty talk tomorrow and then . . . nothing).

    So at least we can go for the consolation prize(s) . . . gay marriage and weed . . .

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 07:44:31 PM PDT

  •  Cool, but they haven't really 'meddled' in CO and (2+ / 0-)
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    WA state's new laws.

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